ERIC Number: EJ864016
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Dec
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Reference Count: 32
If Language Is a Complex Adaptive System, What Is Language Assessment?
Mislevy, Robert J.; Yin, Chengbin
Language Learning, v59 ns1 p249-267 Dec 2009
Individuals' use of language in contexts emerges from second-to-second processes of activating and integrating traces of past experiences--an interactionist view compatible with the study of language as a complex adaptive system but quite different from the trait-based framework through which measurement specialists investigate validity, establish reliability, and ensure fairness of assessments. This article discusses assessment arguments from an interactionist perspective. We argue that the familiar concepts and methods of assessment that evolved under a trait perspective can be gainfully reconceived in terms of the finer-grained perspective of interactionism, and we illustrate how key ideas relate to familiar practices in language testing.
Descriptors: Language Usage, Language Tests, Test Validity, Test Reliability, Culture Fair Tests, Evaluation Methods, Language Skills, Guidelines, Interaction, Language Processing
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